Cherry Almond Coconut Macaroons

I had this recipe filed away and planned on posting it eventually. I decided to pull it out – and what a perfect time to do so – since I was forwarded a twitter link to an article on Dr. Fuhrman’s Blog about the health benefits of eating cherries. Cherries not only boast a distinctive flavor – ranging from sweet to tart – but this high-antioxidant fruit will help reduce inflammation, pain and may help you get a good night’s sleep. You can check out the full article here Diseaseproof.
These Cherry Macaroons are slightly tart, creamy, and nutty with a natural sweetness that keeps you coming back for more. These are also incredibly easy to make, it’s a perfect treat to make when you don’t have much time to spend in the kitchen. I thought they tasted great before, but somehow got even better after reading this article. I know you will enjoy eating this good-for-you treat as much as my family and I did.
I made another fruit paste as part of my growing fruit paste experiments. The dried cherries I used are slightly tart and I am really happy about the flavor they give these macaroons. However, if you prefer a sweeter variety try a differnet type of cherry. I definitely want to start macerating my fruits – without refined sugar of course – to try out in some healthy dessert recipes in the future.
These are nutrient-rich and delish, enjoy!
Cherry Almond Coconut Macaroons
Prep time: 10 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes
Yield: Makes 20
Ingredients:
¼ cup light coconut milk
1 ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
¼ cup raw almonds
3 tbsp cherry paste
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tsp almond extract
3 tsp  Ener-G Egg Replacer mixed with 4 tbsp warm water (replaces 2 eggs)
Directions:
1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with a nonstick baking mat or parchment paper. Place all ingredients in a food processor with an S-shaped blade and process until well combined.

2.  Form mixture into 1 tablespoon mounds onto lined baking tray, 2 inches apart. Bake macaroons for 15 minutes or until golden brown on bottom and edges.

3.  Let cool on sheet for 5 minutes. Transfer to wire racks, and cool completely.
4.  Store in airtight container for up to a week.
Cherry Paste
Yield: About 1 cup
½ cup unsweetened dry cherries
Water for soaking
Directions:
1.  Cover cherries with cold water and soak for 4 hours.
2.  Remove cherries and reserve water. Place cherries in blender or Cuisinart and process until smooth (I like to use my Cuisinart Mini Prep for this). Adjust consistency with some of the reserved water, if needed.

3.  You can store cherry paste in an airtight container in a refrigerator for up to two weeks. Use as needed.

 

14 Thoughts on “Cherry Almond Coconut Macaroons

  1. I am Tamara. This is on May 11, 2011 at 9:13 am said:

    Lately I've been craving cherry anything! You always have the best timing with these great recipes.

  2. Junia on May 11, 2011 at 2:07 pm said:

    i've never heard of cherry paste before! oooo this looks delicious!!!

  3. Virtually Vegan Mama on May 12, 2011 at 6:33 am said:

    Thanks!

    I'm making them again today because I need a better picture! They are so delicious!

    Junia,

    I'm thinking about putting the cherry paste in a smoothie today….mmmmmm

  4. Leanne @healthfulpursuit on May 13, 2011 at 12:41 pm said:

    These macaroons look delicious! I've been on a huge cherry kick lately, this will definitely be made in my kitchen :)

  5. Virtually Vegan Mama on May 13, 2011 at 12:54 pm said:

    Thanks Leanne,

    These are so easy to make and delicious. I have a bunch of cherry paste left over and need to throw it in some other things this weekend…a smoothie maybe? mmmmm

    your sunflower cream salad looks amazing, will def make!

    ((((hugs)))

    Jen

  6. Anonymous on May 14, 2011 at 8:28 am said:

    I love these! What a great recipe so inventive with the cherry paste. I cannot wait to try these.

  7. Virtually Vegan Mama on May 14, 2011 at 8:31 am said:

    Anon,

    Thank you, let me know how they turn out for you =)

    Jen

  8. a sweet road on May 14, 2011 at 4:59 pm said:

    These look so delicious! I love coconut macaroons and granola bars, or really anything fruity, nutty, and dense. I'll have to try these out!

  9. Virtually Vegan Mama on May 15, 2011 at 6:39 am said:

    Thanks! I just checked out your blog, you have some wonerful looking recipes I am definitely going to try out. Love the peanut butter bars…yum!

  10. Christina on May 16, 2011 at 3:30 pm said:

    Wow, these look insanely good! I love the idea of cherry paste…and I always have dried cherries on hand. Hmmmm…. :)

  11. Virtually Vegan Mama on May 17, 2011 at 6:00 am said:

    Christina

    Try it out. Fruit Pastes are awesome for adding incredible moisture and flavor to baked goods without needing butter or oil. I love this healthy alternative! :)

  12. The Blissful Chef on May 21, 2011 at 10:09 am said:

    These look delicious!! And look beautiful too! I always forget about cherries when baking, thanks for the reminder.

  13. Virtually Vegan Mama on May 21, 2011 at 12:26 pm said:

    Thanks and your welcome ;) I love cherries in baking too. The cherry paste is yuumy thrown into a smoothie too yum!

    Jen

  14. These look amazing – vegan but I would one hundred percent eat a lot of them :)
    Wonderful recipe and blog!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru
    Latest: Chocolate Malted Malteser Cookie

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